You cannot fill your emptiness with more emptiness.

We become aware of the emptiness at different times in different ways. You learn to live with it and eventually it becomes a part of you. It can become familiar like your favorite house robe.  However, no matter how you try to convince yourself otherwise, there is nothing comforting or inviting about emptiness.

The numbing nature of emptiness is compounded when we try to fill the void with more meaningless emptiness. Alcohol, drugs, shopping, food, friends, possessions, try as we might; nothing fills the void for long.

You end up so completely aware of the void it becomes a physical ache that feeds upon itself. It will tear you apart and sow a vagueness that you simply disappear into.

It does not matter how many people are around you and how connected you are to your surroundings and life, because you feel abandoned and distant. It feels as if there is a total and complete absence of “you”.

God has put a longing in our heart that can, if we let it, lead us to Him. He offers the things that we search for every day and never seem to find. His love, acceptance and approval can fill that void so full that there is no need to keep on searching in vain. Until we accept the treasures He offers, we will never succeed in filling that void.

“My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. Jeremiah 2:13

“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1

Brothers and sisters let God repair your broken and leaking cistern and fill it with water from the well that will never run dry. Your thirst is a deep longing for something meaningful to fill the emptiness.

Fill your empty place with God, He is the only source able to once and for all fill that void. He will satisfy so deeply and completely that you will never thirst again.

 

Dottie

………………and so I ride

Sufficient Grace

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
“My grace is sufficient for you ”, now that is a totally underutilized wedge of truth straight out of the Bible.
We are all familiar with the scripture in 2 Corinthians that says “His grace is sufficient for us and His power is made perfect in our weakness.”
Our pastor talked about that scripture in passing this morning but it hit me like a jackhammer busting up a neon billboard. We have been dealing with some difficult but necessary decisions lately. My husband is having an easier time with the decision than I am (I am so proud of him). I know it is what we are supposed to be doing right now; there is no doubt in my mind. However, I simply cannot fathom my life without certain things in it, no matter what God is telling me. I have been close many times to saying, sorry but I just cannot do this. Can’t you leave me some wiggle room Father? Catch me at a later time God, we will talk again and maybe I will be more ready.
Actually, that last sentence should read, maybe I will be more willing.
When God says His grace is sufficient for me, He means it. He never did intend me to have to handle this alone; it is not how God works. God is asking me to do something that He knows full well that I cannot handle alone. Period.
He knows every thought in my head, every doubt, insecurity and my unwavering weakness and inability to go it alone. That is why He makes it plainly known in 2 Corinthians that I will not have to go this alone and it is going to turn out for His glory, no matter what “it is” turns out to be.
I believe that He is in the process of helping me to place my allegiances and priorities exactly where they need to be and that is on Him. Sufficient grace offers us unlimited power to change. It really is that simple.
 
Dottie

Guided Journey

I truly believe that God has every last detail of our lives planned. It says so in Jeremiah 29:11. “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Why then, do we live our lives as if we are on a journey without a map? Are we not equipped with all we need to live successfully and with contentment and joy? Yes we are. It simply means we have to take the time to learn about the one who will be leading our journey and unlock what up to now has not been known to us.
Take the time to discover the road God wants you to travel, pack the supplies He tells us will be useful and follow HIs map to eternity.

Dottie

……………….and so I ride jeremiah29_11_image

Which came first the chicken or the egg?

I found this in a book I am reading. I just love it and think you will like it also so I am sharing.
WHICH CAME FIRST THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG?
The question we must pose.
The answer rests upon God’s Word
and what the evidence shows.

Evolution says it was the egg;
Pure chance brought us the bird.
The Bible says God made the bird,
In Genesis 1 of His Word

These views we know can’t both be true,
No matter what men say.
So we must lay out all the facts,
And let them point the way.

If we look closely at what’s found
In fossils, stars and cells,
They point out there’s a Master Mind
And He designed them well.

Of course mankind just laughs at this
They won’t admit it’s true.
They know that if there is a God
Accounts to Him are due.

As Christians here’s where we cannot fail
To know God’s world and Word.
Our reasons for belief in Him
By no means are absurd.

The Bible says to seek out truth
Foundations must be strong
So when men say they have the facts
We’ll know what’s right from wrong.

So when we’re asked to clarify
That eggs weren’t first and why,
We’ll know God’s script, then point to facts
And have a sound reply

If we can spur man to rethink
His views on evolution,
Perhaps he’ll see the facts show God
as the correct solution.
-A Closer Look at the Evidence-

We must strive to educate ourselves on the truth as told in God’s Word

Dottie

…………………..and so I ride

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